Beehive Trail is a hiking trail in Hancock County, Maine. It is within Acadia National Park. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 415 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 594 feet. The Beehive (elevation 505 feet) can be seen along the trail.
Beehive Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Take a challenging climb up iron rungs to spectacular views and a visit to a quiet and beautiful mountain pond."
--Jerry & Marcy Monkman, Discover Acadia National Park (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"A nearly vertical climb up the 520-foot Beehive using iron rungs rewards you with spectacular close-up views of Sand Beach, Great Head, and the ocean beyond. If you hike this trail in summer, plan to start early or late to avoid crowds. You may then find solitude and even encounter wildlife, like the barred owl we saw early one morning on the way down from the Beehive. The Beehive Trail is not for the faint of heart or weak of limb, nor for anyone afraid of heights or crowds. It features an almost perpendicular climb up iron rungs at its steepest and a Grand Central Station–like atmosphere at its busiest. So crowded is the narrow trail during the peak summer season that, from a distance, people climbing up and down it look like bees swarming around a hive. The Beehive, a 520-foot-high granite dome overlooking Sand Beach, was named by nineteenth-century artist Frederic Church of the Hudson River School for its jagged, glacially carved face."
--Dolores Kong & Dan Ring, Hiking Acadia National Park (Falcon Guides).
"A challenging climb up iron rungs to spectacular views and a visit to a quiet and beautiful mountain pond. The challenging nature of this hike up the Beehive makes it one of the most popular hikes in the park. The fact that it is just across the road from Sand Beach and has good views probably adds to its popularity as well. The Bowl is a beautiful pond nestled between the Beehive and Champlain Mountain and is one of the two ponds in the park that are accessible only by foot (Sargent Pond is the other)."
--Ty Wivell, Discover Maine (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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